BY IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI
ABUJA— Suspended judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Justice Gladys Olotu, has dragged the National Judicial Council, NJC, to court.
Olotu, who was on February 27 ordered to vacate her office after the council found her guilty of judicial misconduct, is seeking a reversal of the decision which she contends is in breach of her fundamental human rights.
Consequently, the embattled judge, yesterday, filed a motion ex parte before the high court, applying for an order of certiorari for judicial review of her suspension and recommendation by NJC that she should immediately proceed on compulsory retirement.
Others joined as respondents in the suit are President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation and the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
It will be recalled that President Jonathan had, Monday, approved the decision of NJC against Justice Olotu.
Meanwhile, ruling on the ex parte application yesterday, presiding Justice Ademola Adeniyi granted Olotu leave to challenge her suspension, just as he adjourned hearing on the substantive matter to March 19.
Besides, Justice Adeniyi ordered service of all the relevant court processes on all the respondents to enable them to enter their appearances on the next adjourned date.